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This picture book celebrates living in the now as a little girl walks readers through her favorite things. Each of them is her favorite because it is the one she is interacting with right then. It is her favorite cloud because it’s the one she is watching. This is her favorite song because it’s the one she is singing.
The book is pure simplicity with its concept and the art. The concept is used throughout the book, the writing straight forward and also celebrating something deeper too. It’s about a connection to the present moment and a joy in just spending time doing exactly what you are doing and loving it.
The art of the picture book also speaks to the connection with the now. Done in thick lines and rich matte colors, the illustrations show the playful nature of simple pleasures in life.
Perfect for those of us who love the book we are reading right now most of all, this picture book is about simple pleasures and enjoying the current moment fully. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
A little girl glories in each special little moment of a day proclaiming, "This is my favorite..." because it's the one she's doing, seeing, experiencing right now.
Read this and then listen to the Rogers & Hammerstein song "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things," they go together quite well. The book reminds us to take pleasure in the small delights that can be found in the world. I can see why this book is being tossed around as a possible Caldecott contender. The illustrations are bold and bright, but also simple and Portis does a lot with unique perspectives. If you're having a bad day, or know a little one having a bad day. Pick this up and brainstorm some favorites you can find. I guarantee it'll brighten your day.
NOW's series of child-friendly observations -- perfect little moments -- are captured with the keen eye and careful wording one expects from picture book master, Antoinette Portis. Artistic clarity that magically conjures conversation with children, a classroom or a grandchild. It's wonder captured inside a bookcover!
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
Simple text, but each read captivates me more and more and holds me longer and longer in thought. A book we needed in my house to work on mindfulness and being present. My 4-year old was engaged by it as well, and has quoted the text numerous times.